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Nevin Aladağ & Hale Tenger

The 57th International Art Exhibition titled “Viva Arte Viva”, curated by Christine Macel was open to the public at the Giardini della Biennale and at the Arsenale. Nevin Aladağ and Hale Tenger are invited to this edition of the Biennale (13 May–26 November 2017) organized by la Biennale di Venezia. SAHA supported the production of the works by the artists.

Nevin Aladağ’s “Traces” is a 3-channel video work. On three separate projection surfaces, Aladağ creates a large-scale sound-and-image portrait of the city of Stuttgart, the place she spent her childhood and adolescence. Here we encounter, for instance, an accordion that plays as it unfolds along the length of a lamppost, or a frame drum that rolls loudly through a park landscape. A flute trills as it sails off into the sky with a balloon; the chestnuts in a chestnut tree play a gong and a violin turns on a merry-go-round. “Traces” is fascinating especially in moments of the orchestrated interaction of only partially controllable sounds.

In Aladağ’s performance work, “Raise the Roof”, women dancers wear headphones and dance on a metal platform. Each wears high-heeled shoes and a T-shirt announcing the title and duration of the song that privately accompanies her. The sound of the dancers’ steps is amplified through microphones installed underneath the platforms, which creates an improvised rhythmical composition.

Hale Tenger’s 7 channel video installation entitled “Balloons on the Sea” takes its subject directly from a popular pastime practiced along the Bosphorus in Istanbul and along the coastlines of Turkey; a game of shooting at balloons laid on the sea. A very radiant visual impact is created by a string of colorful balloons and their reflections on the sea, as they keep floating from side to side with the waves and the wind. In her installation Tenger reverses this image and thus fabricates an ambiguity where reflections become beings and beings become reflections. Similar to some of her earlier work, “Balloons on the Sea” bears a dominant dreamlike aspect that contains references to childhood and is based on the reflections of various psychological conditions. In this work the artist creates a fairy-like atmosphere surrounding the viewer, thus pulling the viewer to the field of dreams, the subconscious, the desires and fears that lie in the depth of collective memory.

About Nevin Aladağ

Nevin Aladağ (Van, 1972) studied sculpture at the Academie of Fine Arts in Munich, graduating in 2000. In 2002, she moved to Berlin to complete her residency at Künstlerhaus Bethanien. Nevin Aladağ’s installations, video works, and performances were shown at numerous international museums and biennials, including the 57th Venice Biennial (2017), Emscherkunst Triennial (2016), Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg (2016), Lentos Kunstmuseum Linz (2016), Kunstmuseum Stuttgart (2015), Kunsthalle Basel (2014-15); Art Space Pythagorion, Samos (2014); Istanbul Modern (2014); Sharjah Biennale (2013); Pinakothek der Moderne, Munich (2012); Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo (MOT) (2011); Haus der Kunst Munich (2011), The Hayward Gallery, London (2010); XIV Biennale Internazionale di Scultura, Carrara, (2010); Riso Museum, Catania and Palermo (2010); TBA 21, Vienna (2010); Biennale Cuvée, Linz (2009) and (2010); 11th Istanbul Biennial (2009); The Al-Mamal Foundation, Jerusalem (2009); OPEN ev+a, Limerick (2009), and 8th Taipei Biennial, Taiwan (2008). Aladağ has had solo exhibitions at Lentos Kunstmuseum, Linz, Austria (2015); Wentrup Gallery, Berlin (2015); Rampa, Istanbul (2014); ARTER, Istanbul (2012), among others.

About Hale Tenger

Hale Tenger (1960, Istanbul) lives and works in Istanbul. Tenger has had selected one-person exhibitions at: Galeri Nev, Istanbul, 2013, Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Smithsonian Institution, Washington DC, 2011; Green Art Gallery, Dubai, 2011; Mannheimer Kuntsverein, Mannheim, 2001; ArtPace, San Antonio, 1997. Her work has been included in selected group exhibitions at: Art Gallery of Western Australia, Perth, 2014; Istanbul Modern, Istanbul, 2014; Neuer Berliner Kunstverein, Berlin, 2013; ARTER, Istanbul, 2013; Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Rotterdam, 2012; Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary, Vienna, 2010; Martin-Gropius-Bau, Berlin, 2009; Seoul Museum of Art, Seoul, 2009; Palais des Beaux Arts de Lille, Lille, 2009; Carré d'Art-Nimes Museum of Contemporary Art, Nimes, 2008; Museum voor Moderne Kunst Arnhem, 2006; Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven, 2005; ZKM, Karlsruhe, 2004; Kunstmuseum Bonn, Bonn, 2002; Nikolaj Contemporary Art Center, Copenhagen, 2000; Museum Fridericianum, Kassel, 2003, 2000; Centre d'art Contemporain Geneve, Geneva, 1999; Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art,1996; The New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York, 1996; Kunst-Werke, Berlin, 1994.